4. Onion – According to the Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy M.D., Ph. D., the onion is by far the most important bulb vegetable in terms of healing properties and detox properties. It can cause the body to ‘weep’ which helps to release toxins through the skin. In addition, it cleanses the intestines.
5. Cabbage – Cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties and has long been used as a remedy for ulcers. It is also known as a good food to eat when you want to lose weight; however, cabbage also has detox properties. It contains lactic acid, which helps to disinfect the colon. In addition, along with other cruciferous vegetables, cabbage contains sulforphane, a chemical known to help the body fight toxins.
6. Garlic – When it comes to detox, garlic is king. Garlic contains a chemical called allicin, which helps to remove toxins and promote healthy white blood cells. It also helps to rid the colon of many types of parasites by activating gastric juices. Garlic also cleanses the respiratory system and purifies the blood. And if that wasn’t enough, garlic is also said to help the body get rid of nicotine, and can be a great addition to your diet when you quit smoking.
7. Artichoke – This is another food that is beneficial for the liver. Artichokes have been shown to purify the liver and increase bile production. In addition, they have a diuretic effect on the kidneys, which helps to flush out toxins. IN addition, artichokes are full of antioxidants and fiber, which is good for digestive health and toxin removal.
8. Water – Most people don’t consider this when they think of ‘detox foods’, but it is an essential element to help your body rid itself of toxins as well as to keep all natural processes in the body running normally. For example, when it comes to detox, water transports wastes around the body through the blood (blood is about 80 percent water).
All of our tissues and cells need water in order to work well. Even our mental health is affected by the amount of water that we drink (or lack of it). It doesn’t matter how much helpful food you eat for your body if you are dehydrated. When dehydration sets in, it negatively affects all of your body functions including toxin elimination.
Statistics show that about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Therefore, increasing your water intake is one of the biggest things you can do to help your body eliminate toxins.